Achieving balance with your diet in this world full of crazy trends and fads may be tricky. We say you shouldn’t restrict yourself too much! Why? If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle long term you have to be happy with what you eat. Your diet should be flexible and allow an occasional treat in moderation. If you eat tasty flavorful food that you enjoy you will be less likely to binge or forget the diet altogether. But how can you enjoy a sweet treat for dessert and not pack on extra pounds? Take a look at our take on low these low calorie unprocessed desserts.
1. Banana Ice Cream
This super simple treat is extremely delicious. You can create your own varieties by adding extra flavoring. 1 banana and around 1-2 tablespoons of low-fat greek yoghurt make one portion which is only around 150 calories!
Freeze a peeled, chopped up banana. Freeze yoghurt for about an hour so it’s not entirely solid. Place in a blender and blend until smooth. Top with fruit, nuts or sprinkles!
Tip: You can flavor the mix with cocoa or flavored protein powder, the possibilities are endless.
2. Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seed desserts have become incredibly popular due to a great texture of the seed as well as its nutritional value. For a tasty and pretty looking pudding mix raw cocoa with skim milk or a milk alternative (coconut milk, for example) and pour over your seeds. Wait around half an hour, stir every now and then until you achieve desired consistency. In a separate container prepare a low calorie option vanilla pudding/custard. Once cooled, layer chia and vanilla in a see through glass or bowl – it will look really cool. Top with nuts or sprinkles.
3. Banana Oat Muffins
Combine 2 mashed bananas with 2 tbsp of coconut oil, 1egg, half a cup of skim milk, ¾ tsp of vanilla extract, 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour, half a cup of oats. Add 1,5 tsp of baking powder, ½ tsp of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Combine in a food processor/blender and pour into greased muffin tins. Bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for around 15 minutes. This mix should make around 9 muffins at only 152 calories per muffin. If you feel adventurous you can ice your muffins/cupcakes with light greek yoghurt or cream cheese flavored with honey, maple syrup or a protein powder.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying a moderate amount of sweet treats as long as your overall nutrition and exercise are in check. In fact not only will ingredients such as low calorie pudding, dark chocolate and bananas keep your cravings at bay but also they will provide you with unique nutritional value.